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Jagged pieces of truth

Authors:
OUTHWAITE Alex, KILLICK John
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 20(5), September 2012, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Hawker

This article reports on a poetry project run in dementia care homes in Herefordshire. In the pilot project, the ‘Dementia Poet in Residence’ mentored 4 local poets, aiming to pass on and develop his method of working with people with dementia. Following a day-long training session, the 4 poets were assigned to 3-month placements at 4 care homes around the county. The article describes the role of the mentor, the views of the poets, and future plans for the project. Feedback from the pilot has been overwhelmingly positive from all sides including the residents and staff at the homes, residents’ families, and the poets themselves. Two books, ‘In the Pink’ and ‘Singing Under Our Breath’, containing a selection of the best poems from each home, have been published. These books and public readings have given a sense of validation and pride to all the participants.

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